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Event info

This event will be ranked in the WPRS system

El Peñon Classic Race is coming up this February 2024 featuring Sport Class and Open Class.
This event will be held in El Peñon, Temascaltepec, Mexico from Sunday 18th of February to Saturday 24th of February 2024

Unofficial Whatsapp Channel - Pilot Chat
https://chat.

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Flying site



El Peñon, in Temascaltepec, near the town of Valle de Bravo "Valle" is known for being a consistent site with more than 300 flyable days a year.
The best season starts on November with cloud bases over 4500MSL / 15,000 ft.

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  • 10 Pilots Confirmed
  • 10 Pilots total registered
  • 200 USD Entry fee
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  • left before start of event
  • Registration will open on
    23/11 20:31 (America/Mexico_City)

  • 🚁

    The region supports helicopter rescues

    Helicopter rescue
  • ⚕️

    There will be medical rescue services at launch

    Medic on takeoff
  • 📱

    The region generally has good phone coverage

    Good phone coverage
  • 📻

    We will be monitoring radios for your safety whilst you fly

    Radio coverage
  • 💩

    There are toilets at, or near, the launch

    Toilets on takeoff
  • 🛰

    The organisers will download the tracklogs at HQ for scoring

    Tracklogs managed
  • 📢

    The organisers are using Airtribune for registration, tracking, blogging and to publish scores

    Airtribune blogging
  • 🎉

    There will be an organised party during or after the event

    Party
  • 🎵

    There will be live music or a DJ at the event

    Live music
  • 👕

    You will receive a tshirt or other welcome gift

    Free gift
  • ♻️

    The organisers support reducing the use of unnecessary plastic at the event. This includes NOT giving disposable water bottles

    Plastic reduction

Contacts

Event info

This event will be ranked in the WPRS system

El Peñon Classic Race is coming up this February 2024 featuring Sport Class and Open Class.
This event will be held in El Peñon, Temascaltepec, Mexico from Sunday 18th of February to Saturday 24th of February 2024

Unofficial Whatsapp Channel - Pilot Chat
https://chat.whatsapp.com/FJqUgS937OD7Tr1ADyZ9lE

El Peñon is a World Class Hang Gliding competition venue located in Temascaltepec, Estado de Mexico near the town of Valle de Bravo.

This competition is organized by vuelolibre.mx and is a FAI event registered with FAI CIVL.

This is a must-do competition if you are looking to improve your flying, fly with world class pilots and gain lots of flight time and XC distance.
Every year we have lots of fun in the best XC conditions, with strong and experienced competitors from which you will learn many ways to improve your flying.

Visiting Pilots, there are Hang Gliders for rent available. Glider list and reservation through Monica Spavz. WhatsApp +52 722 201 3777
Note due to the short landing fields the open class fly King Posted Hang Gliders. Not a requirement but it has been a common practice in this comp and is strongly recommended.
Transportation available, including Airport pickup and drop-off and transport with gear from HQ to Launch and Retrieval service.

To arrange transport (airport or retrieval service) send a message via WhatsApp to Ricardo Tovar +52 55 4616 5829 (In Spanish or if in other language send message in writing in your own language. Ricardo and crew use translation software to respond)

Note the Wills Wing factory is located in the same town where this competition is held. Spare parts available for WW gliders.

Flying site



El Peñon, in Temascaltepec, near the town of Valle de Bravo "Valle" is known for being a consistent site with more than 300 flyable days a year.
The best season starts on November with cloud bases over 4500MSL / 15,000 ft.
The peak season starts on January and it goes until April when the rain season starts. Rainy days are also flyable for a few hours. Rain season ends in September and from then to December days are usually very mellow and nice to fly, perfect conditions for students, beginners or just relaxed flying.
The area is always referred as Valle de Bravo "Valle" or "El Peñon" in reference to the +1000 feet vertical rock formation infront of the launch. Valle is a beautiful lake town with great hotels, restaurants and great street food. Launch site is a 30 min drive from Valle near a small rural town called Temascaltepec. When you plan your trip always look for a stay or activities in Valle de Bravo.

Launch Site: This site has hosted several international and world competitions. The launch site is wide, with plenty of space for parking, setup and launch. Public restrooms available.
GPS coordinates, Launch: 19°3'41" (19.0616)N; 100°5'27" (100.091)W - Elevation : 2336 m / 7,664 ft

Landing: Official landing (LZ) is a large grassy field 2.5 kms in front of the launch. Snacks and drinks are available at the LZ.
GPS coordinates, Landing Zone: 19°2'45" (19.0459)N; 100°6'32" (100.109)W - Elevation : 1775 m / 5823 ft

Multiple transportation options from Valle to launch are available. You can arrange during registration day.

Getting to Launch from Valle de Bravo Town: Take the road from Valle de Bravo to Temascaltepec and turn right in the Albarrada road sign. Follow the signs on the dirt road to the launch.

Weather Hazards: Strong thermals and rough air are common during this month. You must be comfortable flying under these conditions.

Flight regulation: Basic VFR rules apply. See and Avoid!.
Valle is an area with lots of flying activity. You most always be aware of other pilots flying near you. Pay attention to the small airstrip on the plateau were the landing field is. There's another small airstrip for small airplanes on the way to Valle de Bravo.
Please be vigilant at all times. Look around, look up, look down.

Interesting info:
You will find plenty of local young adults at the LZ offering you to break down your glider and put all your gear back into the harness. Most pilots will reject this because they will not trust the this task to anyone else but themselves and specially not to a bunch of kids. These kids have learned from different pilots and you will find that most of those kids can break down your glider much better than you do!. Use this service if you can, make them feel useful, they are just trying to work, earn some money and hang out with us pilots. They hugely admire us. Share some words with them if you can, they will really appreciate it. The usual "fee" for the service is couple of dollars or 50 pesos.

Selection and entry fee

$200 USD payable at Headquarters. Cash. (USD or equivalent in Mexican Pesos).
Mastercard or Visa.
We ask for your help to do your best to complete the following 2 steps prior to the event.
Step 1: Payment: Entry Fee: $200 USD
You can pay now via Zelle , Paypal, Venmo or CashApp or domestic tranfer from a Mexican bank. Please use the option that is most convinient to you. If non of these payment options work for you then you can always use cash or credit card during check-in.

Paypal: @nathn7
Zelle: (305) 600-9195
Venmo: @nathN
CashApp: $nathN
Deposit from Mexican Bank:
Name: Monica Gabriela Spaventa Ibarrola
Banca Mifel
Clabe: 042180010007727869
Cuenta: 01000772786
Swift: MIFEMXMM




PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SPELL THE NAME, NUMBER OR HANDLE CORRECTLY. Note all the accounts should mention Nathan Contreras as the account owner or phone number (305) 600-9195. If you run into any problems then stop the process and remember you can always just pay cash during check-in.
Step 2: Liability Waiver: Please follow this link to sign the waiver of liability, this will help speed up the check-in process. .
https://form.jotform.com/240228219410850
Registration fee includes Competition entry, T-Shirt and weekly pass to El Peñon Flying Club during the competition days.

Selection:
H3 or foreign equivalent
Experience flying in the mountains
Experience flying in turbulent conditions
Experience landing in short fields

Note: Due to the short fields in the area, the open class fly King Posted hang gliders. Not a requirement but strongly recommended.

Documents required at registration

  • The organiser requires you to present your National flying licence.

    National Licence
  • You will need to sign an applicaton form at the venue. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.

    Signed Application form
  • You will need to sign a waiver or release document to show you understand the risks. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.

    Signed Waiver/Release form
  • The organiser wishes for you to provide a summary of your experience on arrival.

    Experience summary required
  • You will need to provide photo ID on arrival. This could be Passport, Driving Licence or National ID, for example.

    Identification documents needed

Cancellation Policy

Payment is during checkin at Headquareters. Therefore once registered and paid there are no refunds
Headquatrters: Casa Regional de Cultura

Prize fund and scoring categories

Awards for the first 3 places of each category (Open Class and Sport Class)
Daily items or services giveaways from our sponsors (if available)

General schedule

Saturday Feb 17
14:00 - 19:00 - Official Registration at Headquarters
18:00: Safety Breafing during registration
11:00 - 19:00 - Practice Day

Sunday Feb 18 to Saturday Feb 24
09:45 - 11:30 - Registration at Launch (for those arriving late)
11:00 - 19:00 Contest flying days

Sat Feb 24
17:00 - 22:00 Award Ceremony. We will host a closing event party at the Landing Zone.

Daily schedule

09:00 - Depart from HQ
10:30 - Meet Director / Task and Safety Committee meetings
11:00 - Pilots' briefing / Previous task official results / Task definition
12:00 - Launch window opens
17:00 - Scoring office opens
21:00 - Provisional results (Also broadcasted daily via WhatsApp)

Accommodation and Activities

There are plenty of hotels and AirBNB's. We recommend you find something close to downtown Valle De Bravo. Anything walking distance from the main Pier "Embarcadero" works.

How to get here

By Plane:
You can arrive at either the Toluca International or Mexico City International Airport. From there you need to arrange transportation to Valle de Bravo, which is a 3-hour drive from the Mexico City Airport, and 1.5 hours from Toluca.

Bus from Mexico City:
To take a bus ride to Valle from Mexico city go to the bus station named "Observatorio" (Observatory). Taxi from Mexico City airport to bus station cost $200 Mexican pesos (approx $10 USD)
Time schedules for the Valle the Bravo bus may vary, but basically you will find daily departures from 5:00 AM up to 5:00 PM, one every hour. (For example, 5:15, 6:15, 7:15 and so on)
Be sure to buy and to ride the "Libramiento" bus route to Valle and *NOT* the "Amanalco" route. The new "Libramiento" route will take you to Valle in less than three hours via the toll road system or the new highway

Transport and Retrieval
Those who don't have transport during the competition, we have arranged with local friends transport and retrieval service for $190 USD for the 7 days of competition. This service includes bringing your wing from the HQ's to launch and track you and pick you up from where you land and take you back to the HQ's. This is a group service so you will be riding with others. We have plenty of spots available so you can arrange for this service during registration.
If you are renting a Hang Glider from Vuelo Libre/Rudy, the rental includes retrieval service during the race.

Headquarters:
Casa Regional de Cultura, near the main harbour in Down Town Valle de Bravo

To arrange transport (airport or retrieval service) send a message via WhatsApp to Ricardo Tovar +52 55 4616 5829 (in writing since he and his crew use translation software to respond)

24919 Campeche, Mexico
Temascaltepec Mexico

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+527222013777
vuelolibremx@gmail.com

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